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  • Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas, Retro Style

    Posted on June 20th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Happy Father's Day!

    Happy Father's Day!

    So tomorrow is Father’s day, and you haven’t gotten a gift yet for D.O.D. (dear old dad). Well, here’s a few off-the-wall ideas for a last minute man (or woman).

    A Tie:
    There’s nothing worse you can buy your father than a tie. All fathers hate ties. So instead of getting him a plain old necktie, go to Home Depot, buy a gift card and a small length of rope. Tie the rope into a knot and attach a card saying, “I got you a tie”. He’ll have a good laugh and a Home Depot gift card. Easy.

    Indiana Jones DVD Collection:raiders of the lost ark
    If he doesn’t already have it, every man will appreciate these retro-styled and classic movies. If not, your dad is not a man. In that case, get him My Best Friend’s Wedding.

    Ultra Lounge CDs
    Show your father you view him as a swingin’ hipster. Buy him one of the Ultra Lounge CDs. “Bachelor Pad Royal” would make a funny and ironic one.

    retro-drinks-cocktails-hi-and-lowA Bottle of His Favorite Whiskey
    Or Vodka, wine, etc. Hey, it’s the last minute, and unless you live in a dry town there’s still a liquor store open somewhere. If your dad is a beer drinker, get him some fancy-shmancy micro-brews. If he’s a Bud man, just get him two cases of Bud, and he will love you forever.

    Throw a Retro-Style Luau:
    If you’ve got a bunch of people coming over, try a fun luau theme. Click here for a post on how to do it cheap & easy.

    Something for his Car:

    StarDust, my 1953 Chevy Bel Air Wild Custom Hot Rod

    If your Dad is into cars, he will appreciate a gift for the car more than he will a gift for himself. A gift certificate to get his car detailed is great. If you know something he wants specifically, Pep Boys is open ’til 8.

    A $700 Meat Freezer, $1600 Lawnmower, or $2000 Gas Grill
    If you’ve got the lettuce to throw at Dad, hit Home Depot or Lowe’s and pick out one of these favorites. Snap a picture of it with your phone, show him the picture and tell him it’s being delivered in a few days. There, you’re off the hook.

    tikiloungetalkA Subscription to
    Ok, I guess we really don’t have subscriptions, but you can give him the RSS link or just keep emailing him the URL. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s free!

    Things NOT to buy D.O.D.
    Don’t buy him socks, even if he asks for them. He might say he wants them, but he secretly wants the $16oo lawnmower.

    Anything heart-healthy.

    A puppy.

    A poster of Erik Estrada.

    A picture book of llamas.


    I hope this has been helpful. Remember, these aren’t the best ideas, but you’re the goof-off who waited til the last minute to get a gift, so deal with it, meat ball!

  • “A toast to my two best friends…Mr. Chivas and Mr. Regal”

    Posted on June 17th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    Great Scotches on the Tiki BarAh, Scotch.

    No matter who you are or where you go, a true old-time Scotch drinker is always respected. I don’t mean kids who drink Dewar’s and soda, I mean us men and women who have been a round the block a few times, played out a few hands for better or worse. Joes and Janes who won’t settle for cheap whiskey or a glass of beer. The vintage cocktail set. The hep cats (or hip crowd). The people who live in that ring-a-ding  noir somewhere between 1950 and the cocktail lounge.

    Don’t be disappointed if I don’t go into a long-winded spiel about how great Scotch is, which liquors are best, or the difference between blended and single malt spirits. You can find that jazz a million places on the net. No, this is just about how very cool Scotch can be.

    I’m sure I lost half of you with the last line. So be it. For the rest of you, I give testimony to the Cool Factor of Left: Bottle of Chivas-Regal from 1958. Right: New bottle. Notice both are nearly empty.Scotland’s best feature:

    ••> In the early ’90s I had the honor of seeing live, in person, the Chairman of the Board. Frank was singing for his 70th Birthday tour, and Frank Jr. was conducting the orchestra. Steve and Edie opened for him, and when they went off, someone came on with a small table, two glasses, a bucket of ice, a bottle of water and a bottle of Chivas-Regal. He poured one glass full of water and the other full of Scotch. Frank swung a few tunes, cracked a few jokes (including introducing his son as the orchestra leader followed by “His mother called and said he needed a job”), and then went into a little monologue about his career. Part way through he went over to the table and reached for a glass. First he reached for the water, stopped, shook his head and drank the Scotch. After the applause died down, he said, “And now, I’d like to thank my two best friends for being here with me tonight. Mr. Chivas and Mr. Regal.” The place roared with laughter (everyone thinking he was thanking Steve and Edie).

    Johnnie Walker Blue Label

    Johnnie Walker Blue Label

    Hands down, that alone puts this libation at the top of the cool list, along with the Martini and (for the Tiki lovers) the Mai Tai.

    How do you take it?
    Ask ten different Scotch drinkers what they drink and how they take it, and you’re gonna get ten different answers. Some like it neat. Others drink it on the rocks. A few still mix it with soda, and a lot take it with a splash of water to bring out the flavors. If you want to sound like a hipster from the ’50s order three fingers neat. I like mine double on the rocks with a splash. It’s amazing how many bartenders ask me ‘a splash of what’. These kids today.

    Order Johnnie Walker Blue Label and people will know either you have so much money  you don’t care what it costs, or you’re just showing off. Order ‘Scotch’ and people will know you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. Call Johnnie Black or Chivas-Regal and drinkers will know you’ve got the good sense to order 12 year old booze; ask for The Glenlivet (or any of the decent Glens) and they’ll respect you as a single-malt cat. Order Macallen and they’ll know you’re trendy and read Playboy. If you’re at a swing dance, drop your hat on the bar and proclaim ‘Black & White and soda with a twist, Jackson.’ If you’re at the yacht club, quietly ask for a Cutty Sark and lemon. Order The Balvenie and they’ll know you’re a serious SOB.

    Depending on where I am, I either order Johnnie Black or The Glenlivet on the rocks with a splash. It’s fun to watch waitresses squirm when they’ve never heard of either one. If you order Glenlivet in Key West, you’re probably going to get Johnny Black anyway, so that’s what I order when I’m down there. If I’m at an old-time lounge, I’ll order the Glen, or maybe even Chivas. If I’m in a strip club and my friend Sam is buying, I’ll order Johnny Blue all night long 😉

    If you’re not a Scotch drinker and want to learn a few things before partaking, here’s a short guide:Aged Scotch

    1. Dewar’s is for stripping the paint off the deck of your boat, not for drinking.
    2. Blended Scotches are just as good, but very different from, Single Malts. In my opinion Single Malts are more flavorful and robust, but not as smooth as the good quality blends.
    3. Every brand of Scotch tastes different, but has the same basic element of damned good. Chivas has a nice oak flavor. Glenlivet has a sort of butterscotch thing going. Johnny Black is just somewhere in between. That’s just my opinion, and open to debate. Some Scotch ‘enthusiasts’ will give you descriptions of flavor like a wine taster (‘notes of butterscotch and mocha underlay a rich peat and rustic oak aroma’). That’s fine if you’re into fluffy words. Just give me the booze.
    4. Try different types of Scotch. Try the top shelf bottles like the above-mentioned, try the $60 bottles, try the $200 bottles. Decide what you like and how you like it on your own. Don’t copy-cat some other cat’s tastes. Be part of the club, but don’t play by the club’s rules. And most of all, don’t be a Scotch snob. Drink it, like it, let it speak for itself.

    The Glenlivet, on the rocks with a splash in a vintage rocks glass

    The Glenlivet, on the rocks with a splash in a vintage rocks glass

    Well kids, that turned out a couple of tick-tocks longer than I imagined it would. Must be the booze.

    “Drink up all you people, order anything you see. Have fun, you happy people, the drinks, and the laughs, are on me.” -Angel Eyes

  • Colleen the Tiki Queen!

    Posted on June 17th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    Colleen (my wife) is featured on Tiki Queens on The Parrot Talks In Chocolate!

    Kool photo & write-up on the site. Check it out! Be sure to check out the book, too –  I’ve read it, and must say it is fantastic. I fun read that really takes you to this little Tiki Bar in Hawaii. Aloha, baby!

  • and finally…Our Trip to the Hukilau 2009 in Fort Lauderale-by-the-Sea, Florida!

    Posted on June 15th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    Colleen & I at Bahia CabanaWell, let me say we had a great, fun-filled day on Saturday! We really wanted to go to all the weekend events, but work schedules just wouldn’t allow it this. But next year…

    We met some very kool people, had a few tropical drinks, heard some great music and enjoyed a very groovy art show. And we did it all in the early afternoon, and got the hell out before the rains came!

    We were at Bahia Cabana, from around noon til 3pm. While there we saw/heard the cimg1372Bikini Beachcombers, a really good and very fun band playing all sorts of music hip to the Tiki scene. They even featured a very pretty Hula girl doing a few dances. Very nice. We also met some new people, a fun couple that found us on the web, Brian and Meghan. They own a surf shop, drive a vintage VW bus and he wore a fez. ’nuf said??

    Upstairs at Bahia Cabana featured a Tiki art show. My my, what beautiful pieces. It was put on by the Harold Golen gallery in Miami, and featured “Mr. Tiki Beatnik Artist himself, Derek Yaniger”. Let me tell you kids, the artwork was boss. I could have stayed up there longer, but my Mai Tai ran out… You can catch this kat’s studio on line at

    After a few Mai Tais, we checked out the Tiki Treasure bazaar. It’s a damned shame the economy has us watching our lettuce, because if we were in the green stuff we would have dropped a lot of it at the Bazaar! First, there were these incredible, hand-carved Tiki masks by Bob Ho. If you want real wood, hand carved, one-of-a-kind Tiki cimg1373Masks that look as authentic as if they’d been whittled in the South Seas, check out their site at Another vendor had an eclectic selection of very hip Tiki art, some really different stuff, Tiki Tony caught my attention to the utmost. You can dig his work at cimg1376And finally, Tropiki had a krazy selection of all sorts of goodies, from magnets to paintings all showcasing their original art (I couldn’t resist buying an ashtray with a Tiki idol painted on the glass, even though I don’t smoke…it’s looks kool on the Tiki bar!) Check them out at There were alot more kool vendors, but by the time we got to them the rum was really kicking in. I remember old records, including a few I have (Martin Denny, Lex Baxter) and some tropical print clothes, then rum. mmmmm rum.

    I thought we took a lot of pictures, but somehow we only got a few. Must have been the rum, again. There was a kooky chick in the vintage clothing. I think she was part of the show. The chick in the flowery dress is, of course, Colleen. I’m the guy in the Hawaiian Shirt! Really had a great time although it was cut short. We’re planning on going to the Mai Kai in the next couple of weeks to make up for it; it’s always a party there! And next year…let’s just say I’m planning now for next year’s Hukilau!cimg1377

    By the way…whoever did the artwork for the Hukilau informational tri-fold flyer…fantastic job, man…really top notch. In my ‘spare time’ I’m Creative Director for a national ad agency…let me say I give you artwork an A+++. Looks very authentic, 40’s style. Yeahhhh, nice!

    The ashtray on the TIki Bar

    The ashtray on the TIki Bar



  • Yes I’m lazy

    Posted on June 15th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    I had a fantabulous weekend which included going to the Hukilau, meeting great new people, and working on the 53 Chevy hot rod. The downside to a great weekend is I didn’t have time (or engergy!) to write my new post. Don’t worry kids, I’ll get to it today!